New GÖRG office in Hamburg opens on 1 January 2013 with additional partners. These are joining from White & Case.


[Cologne/Hamburg, ] When GÖRG opens its new office in one of Hamburg’s best neighbourhoods at the beginning of January 2013, three further partners and two associates will be joining from the Hamburg office of White & Case. Dr. Frank Evers, Kersten Wagner-Cardenal and Dr. Jan Peter Scharf will be joining the GÖRG team as partners, along with their senior associates Dr. John-Patrick Bischoff and Jan-Michael Dierkes.

Dr. Frank Evers will contribute his first-class expertise in the fields of international and national M&A transactions, including LBOs, M&A transactions in a restructuring context and real estate transactions. He additionally advises successful businesses in all areas of corporate law, on joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. Along with “Mittelstand” businesses, his clients also include internationally-active corporate groups and financial investors.

Kersten Wagner-Cardenal has earned an execellent reputation in public and regulatory law, in particular, in the area of structuring procurement proceedings and in environmental law. His further areas of focus are public privatisation projects, the award of advertising rights on public properties (including urban facilities) and outsourcing and other public sourcing proceedings, as well as advising on waste industry matters.

Dr. Jan Peter Scharf is also focused on public regulatory law. He has special experience in procurement law support in the privatisation of public businesses, as well as in public-private partnership projects (PPP), especially in the areas of construction, healthcare, IT and public utilities and waste management facilities.

Dr. Frank Evers will be supported by Dr. John-Patrick Bischoff, and Kersten Wagner-Cardenal will be joined by Jan-Michael Dierkes; both associates previously worked with White & Case.

GÖRG’s new Hamburg office is located in the upper stories of Dammtorstraße 12 with a clear view of Hamburg’s State Opera House. Hamburg’s prominent Gänsemarkt is only a short walk away from the newly-developed Dammtorstraße.

Dr. Frank Evers, Kersten Wagner-Cardenal and Dr. Jan Peter Scharf will strengthen the GÖRG team composed of Dr. Thorsten Bieg, Dr. Wolfram Lohse, Hans-Jürgen Rieckhof, Marc Odebrecht and Dr. Gerrit Hölzle, as well as chartered accountants and tax advisers Hans-Jürgen Wilke and Peter Stoffersen. With these new additions, GÖRG’s Hamburg office will open with almost 30 professionals and will offer legal services extending beyond restructuring and insolvency administration, and especially including corporate/M&A and public and regulatory law. GÖRG can rely not only on the proven expertise of its newest lawyers, but also on their deep ties in the Hamburg market. As already reported (see press release dated 24 September 2012), Dr. Thorsten Bieg, Dr. Wolfram Lohse, Hans-Jürgen Rieckhof, Marc Odebrecht, and chartered accountants and tax advisers Hans-Jürgen Wilke and Peter Stoffersen will be leaving Brinkmann & Partner at the end of the year, together with Hartwig Albers (Berlin), Gerhard Brinkmann (Rostock) and Oliver Dankert (Hamburg).

Dr. Frank Evers, Kersten Wagner-Cardenal and Dr. Jan Peter Scharf comment on their move as follows: “With its broad range of activity GÖRG offers an excellent platform for our future advisory practice. There are also many areas of work in common with the new Hamburg colleagues. It will be a wonderful challenge to establish a new powerhouse in the Hamburg legal market. We are very much looking forward to it.”

Kersten Wagner-Cardenal adds: “We are perfectly positioned with GÖRG and the focus on regulated industries, real estate and infrastructure projects. We look forward to collaborating with the well-known Frankfurt PPP team led by Dr. Lutz Horn and Dr. Kai Schneevogl.”

As a member of the firm’s management, Dr. Michael Dolfen commented on behalf of GÖRG on the expansion taking place in the office’s start-up phase: “GÖRG is not limited to restructuring and insolvency, even where these are naturally essential fields of our legal practice. With Dr. Frank Evers, Kersten Wagner-Cardenal and Dr. Jan Peter Scharf we were able to attract additional partners that are active in providing classic legal advisory services and who have proven expertise in the areas of corporate/M&A and in real estate law, as well as public and regulatory law, especially public privatisation and PPP projects, procurement law and environmental law. GÖRG’s Hamburg office is now positioned to provide a broad spectrum of legal advisory capabilities. The first steps have been taken: the next steps planned to broaden our depth, especially in GÖRG’s further core advisory areas, will follow.”

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